Monday, September 3, 2012

ASK DR DESAI? - How to Keep Ticks (and Other Arthropods) Away Naturally

How to Keep Ticks (and Other Arthropods) Away Naturally?

Insect repellent products are generally products that are applied to the skin, clothing or sprayed into homes, yards or on surfaces to discourage insects, namely arthropods, from landing on such surfaces or areas. These products help in controlling bites and outbreak of diseases such as Lyme disease, malaria, West Nile Fever, etc.
Arthropods—including mosquitos, ticks, lice, sand flies and fleas—serve as vectors, or hosts, that carry and transmit infectious pathogens into other living organisms. While there are several chemical products—such as DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) or Permethrin—may effectively keep insects at bay, the ingredients in such products usually cannot be used on very young children because of potential harmful side effects. In addition, environmentalists point out the such chemicals can contaminate our water and soil supply, negatively affecting waterways and wildlife. According to the EPA, the potential side effects of DEET include seizures and insomnia. Permethrin is classified by the EPA as a likely human carcinogen, and is extremely toxic for cats (causing feline permethrin toxicosis) and aquatic life.
Among the effective natural insect repellants or insecticidal applications are oils of neem, citronella, eucalyptus and cedar wood. At Dr. Desai Soap, products using these oils are available in bar soap, body wash, body cream, body spray as well as in a specially formulated line for four-legged family members such as dogs, cats, and horses.
Dr. Desai Soaps offers its our own line of natural (DEET-free, permethrin-free) outdoor protection, called Neem Shikakai. For more information, call 908-236-6742 or visit